Works For Me

This tip is either a few hours late or almost a year early, I’m not sure which. But I wanted to toss it out here before I forget about it.

Hubby and I have never been super thrilled over lighting a pumpkin indoors with a candle with a zillion little kids around. Just doesn’t seem safe, especially with the way kids are drawn to candles.

Last year my man had a brilliant idea. We had a extra set of those rope lights– you know, the kind you can use to illuminate a plant shelf or the underside of a kitchen cabinet? He bored a hole in the back side of the pumkin, coiled a set of lights inside the hollowed out pumpkin, then poked the plug-end of the lights out the back of the pumpkin like a little tail. Plug it in and you have light– without the fire hazard! Works for us!

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  1. That is so cool! That pumpkin looks really creepy.

  2. Great idea! Plus it looks awesome!

  3. I’m infamous for leaving candles burning unattended (I know, I know) so this would work for me too! 😉 What a great idea!

  4. I like that and it lights up so much better than one of those glow sticks which is what I ended up doing.

  5. Brillant! Also- when I used your link from Shannon’s site, it’s taking me back to Rocks in my dryer, not your site. Just thought I’d let you know! :o)

  6. Those rope lights are great for all kinds of things and you
    are right…they are so much safer!

    Tracy

  7. Great idea 🙂

    thanks for stopping by.

  8. Great idea. I am afraid of fire especially around little ones. I just discovered your blog a few days ago. I’m really enjoying it! Our daughter is from China and we are in the process of China adoption #2. Your Ethiopian adoption information is very interesting and intriguing.

  9. Holy cow, this is great, but I needed it two days ago! My poor daughter cried when I shouted in panic that the jack o lanterns were hot yesterday. She recovered, of course, but next year, I’m totally doing this.

    Thanks!

  10. What a great use for those lights! My dad, who’s quite wary of candles, always used a small electric light (I think it was a nightlight plugged into an extension cord) inside pumpkins when we were kids, so I used to think that was how everyone did it. I really like the rope light idea, though, because it creates a cumulative glowing effect and they’re (I’m guessing) easy to wipe off when you’re done. A great alternative to the fire hazard of candles!

  11. Awesome idea! This is fantastic. I didn’t carve any pumpkins this year for the first time in my life..maybe it’s a good thing since I always burn myself lighting the candles no matter how long the matchstick is or if I have a door carved out of the back of the pumpkin 😉 Thanks for this tip! I’ll put it to good use next year =)

  12. I saw Martha Stewart do this on the View with Christmas lights. Thanks for the reminder!!! I love this idea and loved seeing your carved pumpkin!!!!

  13. We’ve been doing this for a few years! Isn’t it great? We use the red Christmas lights, though. Very spooky.

  14. I like how bright they make Jack there! Great idea. (great Jack-o-lantern too)

  15. Seems un-natural to me! Maybe it’s just the perpetual kid in me.

  16. smart, smart, smart. I will remember this for next year.
    AND, your family in your last post is beautiful. I love looking at photos of the people I read about.
    Thanks for letting me into your life.
    Janet

  17. What a wonderful idea! Thank you. Blessings!